ASHEVILLE — The 27th annual Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville.

The popular dinner is one of the largest and longest-running political dinners in North Carolina. The dinner celebrates Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the last two holidays at the end of the year.

Charles Taylor, the longest serving Republican Congressman in Western North Carolina history, and his family have been hosting the holiday dinner for almost three decades.

The dinner helps Western North Carolina residents to hear from national speakers, as well as see and meet federal, state and local candidates.

The dinner also presents an American Eagle award to individuals and businesses that have contributed leadership to improve our district.

Past speakers have included vice presidents, speakers of the House, Republican presidential nominees and many other state and nationally known individuals.

Tickets for the dinner are $65 per person. Checks should be made to “Charles Taylor Holiday Dinner” and mailed to: Charles Taylor, P.O. Box 7587, Asheville, NC 28802. For information, contact Trish Smothers at 828-243-2187 or

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